Public policy decisions affect the ability of the community health centers to provide high-quality primary health care.

The Rhode Island Health Center Association (RIHCA) is committed to monitor and inform the local, state, and national policy that affects the community health centers. We do this by:

  • Informing Rhode Island’s community health centers about policies and potential changes to policies that might affect them and their ability to care for their patients;
  • Serving as a resource to legislators and public officials as they consider laws and regulations that affect community health centers and the provision of primary care in Rhode Island; and
  • Collaborating with state departments and non-profit agencies to implement and improve programs affecting health centers and uninsured and underserved patients.

Public Policy Goals

  • Increase access to health care for the medically uninsured and underserved
  • Support community health centers in their role as a proven health care system